|Plot Summary of Tik-Tok of Oz|
|"In another installment of the Oz series, Betsy Bobbin and Hank the mule are shipwrecked at the edge of Oz. Queen Ann of Oogaboo and her "invincible" are out to conquer the world, and, because Oz is part of the world, they must conquer Oz. In addition, the evil Nome King has captured the shaggy man's brother. Betsy and Hank team up with other Ozlings, including Tik-Tok the clockwork man, to defend Oz from both Queen Ann and the Nome King."
Jessica Marler, Resident Scholar
|"Betsy Bobbin, a girl from Oklahoma, is shipwrecked with Hank the Mule in the Rose Kingdom. There she encounters the Shaggy Man, who has just learned his brother has been lost for 10 years and is probably a prisoner of the Nome King, as well as the Rose Princess who is cast out by her subjects. Meanwhile, Queen Ann of Oogaboo (the tiniest kingdom in Oz, at the northern tip of the Land of the Winkies) has decided to conquer the world, and goes on the march with an army of 4 Generals, 4 Colonels, 4 Majors, 4 Captains, and 1 Private -- Jo Files.
Glinda magically transports them out of Oz where they pose no threat, and the characters all converge on the caves of the Nome King, Ruggedo (formerly known as Roquat). Tik-Tok also shows up, and becomes Queen Ann's army after Private Files falls in love with the Rose Princess and resigns his commission. Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter, returns from the fifth Oz book as well. The Nome King drops the whole crowd down the giant Hollow Tube to the other side of the Earth, which has been strictly forbidden by the Great Jinjin, Tititi-Hoochoo, so he returns them aboard the young dragon Quox (only 3,056 years old!) to punish Ruggedo. Although almost none of this 1914 book takes place within Oz, Baum's plotting has gotten stronger and continues to improve from here."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Tik-Tok of Oz|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 50%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a CUTESY fantasy world
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- a teen
- long lived adults
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can cast all sorts of spells
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- Smarter than most other characters
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog